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Share your favourite Port Fairy stories, yarns and pictures

Tell us your tales. Share the memories. Post your photos We invite you to jump aboard the good ship PFFF•40 and post your favorite festival stories and photographs. Over 39 festivals The Festival has come to mean a great deal to so very many – a “festival of dreams”. It has enchanted and entertained, delighted and enlightened – there are many treasured memories and favorite stories. We all love to share our good stories and so we can create our shared “Port Fairy Tales” with photos, videos, and stories that will inspire festivillagers with our special history of this “Festival of Dreams”.

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Pic: Poteen on “stage” – the truck – December 1977

Next March, we will be celebrating another milestone along the happy trails of this festival when we present the 40th edition, almost 39 years along from the first in December 1977.

Is it REALLY 40 years??

To explain, in 1980 we looked up the theory of time travel and discovered we could go back in time plus change the dates, by running two festivals just 3 months apart – December 1979 and then March 1980. The 40th year will actually occur in December 2017. The good news is that we are not as old as we thought! This is a little known secret bonus for making and enjoying music. We hope things stay that way. There has been a lot of water under the Moyne River Bridge since then. Over the years of 40 festivals we will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 international acts and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy. As we always say, “Fifty thousand mutton birds can’t be wrong”.

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Pic: Dancing in the sun at The Gardens afternoon concert – First Port Fairy – December 1977

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The Rumjacks

Sydney folk-punk band The Rumjacks, fresh from a hugely successful debut overseas tour, have returned to Australia for an exclusive run of shows before they head back to Europe.

www.therumjacks.com

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Sydney folk-punk band The Rumjacks, fresh from a hugely successful debut overseas tour, have returned to Australia for an exclusive run of shows before they head back to Europe.

The band spent 2015 blitzing the UK/European touring circuit, hitting multiple countries for live shows in support of their second album, ‘Sober & Godless’.  They played to more than 50,000 fans in the Northern Hemisphere over three months with a series of sold out shows and headline performances.

Such is The Rumjacks’ international reach that they’re now ranked as #4 Aussie band on Spotify outside of Australia, and the music video for their track ‘An Irish Pub Song’ has hit over 12 million views on YouTube.

Sober & Godless, produced by Steve James (Thin Lizzy, The Jam, The Screaming Jets), has spawned three singles, ‘Blows & Unkind Words’, ‘Plenty’, and new single ‘Home’.

Raised By Eagles

Raised By Eagles debut self-titled LP, released in July 2013 through Vitamin Records, has received national acclaim and was nominated at ‘The Age Music Victoria Awards’ for Best Country Album 2013.
The band includes some of Melbourne’s finest alt-country talent in Luke Sinclair (vocals, guitar), Nick O’Mara (lead guitar), Luke Richardson (double bass) and Johnny Gibson (drums) – all well-established musicians and songwriters sharing a common love of honest music and a deep respect for good song writing. This collaboration has seen Raised By Eagles fast establish themselves at the forefront of Melbourne’s alternative country scene, charming audiences with their impressive blend of country, pop, folk and rock. Finding inspiration in artists ranging from Neil Finn to Bonnie Prince Billy, Wilco to Whiskeytown and Jerry Jeff Walker, these are songs that remain unaffected by the smoke and mirrors of music in the post- modern era, and encapsulate the art of storytelling at it’s heartfelt finest.

raisedbyeagles.com

Tony McManus & Beppe Gambetta- Canada/Italy

Scottish born Canadian resident Tony McManus is the world’s undisputed greatest Celtic guitar player whilst Italian Beppe Gambetta is one of Europe’s hottest flat pickers, with America in his heart and his roots in the sun and olive trees of the Mediterranean.

www.beppegambetta.com
www.tonymcmanus.com

Scottish born and Canadian resident Tony McManus is the world’s undisputed greatest Celtic guitar player whilst Italian Beppe Gambetta is  one of Europe’s hottest flatpickers, with America in his heart and his roots in the sun and olive trees of the Mediterranean. Between them these two brilliant musicians have played all the major guitar festivals from the Hebrides to Connemara and from Bogota to Tokyo not forgetting appearances at The Chet Atkins Festival and the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Their total solo recording output to date is over twenty, with countless collaborations and sessions, the most recent from 2015 being their own duo album ‘Round Trip’. Thier live show features tunes and songs old and new from both sides of the Atlantic combining flawless finger style and high precision flatpicking by two of true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar.

Robert Forster

A founding member of The Go-Betweens and co-writer of “Cattle and Cane” (Number 20 on APRAs Top Australian Songs List), Robert Forster is a writer, solo artist and performer with an ardent following in Australia, Germany, the UK and the US.

www.robertforster.net

Seven years.
Seven years since Robert Forster’s last album The Evangelist (2008). Seven years since one of Australia’s most respected singer-songwriters released what was widely regarded as his best solo album, and one that more than lived up to the many high points of his band The Go-Betweens. Seven years for fans and critics alike to ask, what the hell was he doing?
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Record producer for acclaimed albums by Brisbane bands The John Steel Singers and Halfway. An extended stint as a music critic for the Australian periodical The Monthly that was so well received, a collection of his writings was published as ‘The Ten Rules Of Rock And Roll’ in 2009 – and was reissued, revised and updated, in 2011. Curator and compiler of G Stands For Go-Betweens. Volume 1 – the first of three lavish boxset compilations charting the career of one of Australia’s most exciting and idiosyncratic bands, of which he was founding member, singer and songwriter.
Still…seven years. Long time, musically speaking. Time for writing songs, time for gathering musicians, time spent preparing for what was to be the next chapter of his musical life – a refreshed creative direction that took shape as the new album Songs To Play. Ten very different Robert Forster songs recorded on a mountain top half-an-hour from his Brisbane home, in an analogue studio, with a troop of young musicians: talented multi- intrumentalists Scott Bromley and Luke McDonald (from The John Steel Singers), Matt Piele (drummer from his touring band), and violinist and singer Karin Baumler.
“I had originally envisaged the gap between my last album and my new one as five years.” Robert says. “I wanted time to pass, for there to be a cut-off. I knew what happened next would be the start of something new.”
“Five years became seven.”
The resulting album is really nothing like he’s ever done before, although it retains many of the qualities we know from his songwriting: highly melodic, with incisive, witty lyrics attuned to real people and real lives. The surprise will be the spirit of the record, its sense of adventure and fun – especially after the meditative reflections of The Evangelist (recorded a year after the death of The Go-Betweens co-founder Grant McLennan).
Seven years has brought a bolder, wilder approach to sound….and a set of truly inspiring compositions. Pop songs. Five minute epics. A bossa nova tune. Singer-songwriter classics. Add the more experimental and detailed production assistance of Bromley and McDonald and no wonder – from the album’s opening lines on the super-charged Learn To Burn – Forster is bursting to get out and tell his story. Time’s a sequence and you wait for changes. Problem is you know I’ve got no patience I’ve got no desire to be the fourth person in line.
Seven years in the making. And worth every minute.

The Hog Stompin’ Zydegators

The latest release Itchin’ Scratchin’ Zydeco forges a melting pot of unique zydeco and swampy blues rhythms that defines a Louisanna Zydeco Dance Party. Join them and let the good times roll.

 www.zydegators.com

The Hog Stompin’ Zydegators accordion and washboard driven musical madness is dynamic and uplifting transporting you to a Juke Joint in the Swamplands of Louisiana. Get on down the road where the moonshine flows, just let yourself go, with some Red Hot Aussie Zydeco. With The Zydegators latest release Itchin’ Scratchin’ Zydeco they have forged a melting pot of unique zydeco and swampy blues rhythms that defy you to keep your feet still and off the dance floor. Join them for a Louisanna Zydeco Dance Party and let the good times roll.

The Rambling Boys – Ireland

All four members are masters of their instruments. Their unique blend of original songs, incredible virtuoso renditions of tunes and rollicking wit make for a stage show that is a high powered and unforgettable musical experience.

www.theramblingboys.com

They are a group of amazing musicians with successful individual careers who have been members of various Irish traditional groups.

They have recorded and toured with Sinead O’Connor, The Corrs, Shane McGowan, Sharon Shannon, Damian Dempsey, De Dannan and Four Men and a Dog.

Culturally and geographically, they are truly an Anglo-Irish band with David coming from Co Mayo, Gino from Co Derry and both Alan and Sean born and raised in London and Manchester respectively.

All four members are masters of their instruments. Their unique blend of original songs, incredible virtuoso renditions of tunes and rollicking wit make for a stage show that is a high powered and unforgettable musical experience.

It’s not at all surprising that these four musicians find themselves together in a band as their paths have crossed numerous times with different musical forms over the years.

The four originally performed together for a series of concerts at the Irish Sea Sessions in Liverpool in 2013. Due to this successful collaboration, they decided to create their own unique sound exploring new ideas of arrangements and compositions.

The String Contingent

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent comprise Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar). Over the past five years and four albums they have reached ‘the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance’ (Tony Hillier, Rhythms). Their music ‘brings to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer…with elements of Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass…they are incredibly skilled…’ (Ulf Torstensson, Lira). Their new album, Facets, received a 4 star review in the Weekend Australian. It features some of Australia’s most revered musicians, including Sandy Evans, Genevieve Lacey, Julian Thompson, Linsey Pollak, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt, and showcases the stylistic flexibility of The String Contingent as they shift through baroque, classical, jazz, Indian, Celtic and Balkan elements to create a truly contemporary sound.

www.thestringcontingent.com

Chris Stone played Scottish fiddle music for six years before taking a brief excursion into the classical realm, completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Australian National University in 2006. He now plays neither. Chris’ great enthusiasm for fish, fishing, fish farming and fish spotting is almost balanced by his love of books, vintage cheese and organic gardening. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Performance from the Victorian College of Arts in 2009 and now has a PhD in his sights. Despite a propensity towards excessive use of an over-developed vocabulary, a sad case of dyslexia leaves him struggling to spell his own middle name. It’s John.
Holly Downes became bored of playing bass notes at the back of the orchestra after completing a Bachelor of Music Performance from the Australian National University in 2006. She soon after initiated her covert operation in melodic double bass playing, which is currently finding expression in TSC. She likes baked goods and well-matured cheese, dislikes major chords and holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Melbourne University (2009). She is often found knitting potentially functional items in any comfortable, conveniently located corner.
Graham McLeod began his musical life as a metal guitarist, completing a Bachelor of Contemporary Music through Napier University in 2007. However, a long summer’s tattie rouging gave him the time and space to turn over a new leaf. Graham is a connoisseur of Scots ales, whisky, fine cheese and cats, despite being allergic to at least two of the above. When not touring with TSC, playing with Edinburgh based band ‘Modhan’ or teaching, Graham enjoys jumping off high things into wet places, ideally orchestrating events so that objects might be thrown for him to catch on the way down.

The Howard Family

Join the Howard Family for a touch of Goanna, the Ploughboys, Pearl and some combined 80 years of distinguished singer/songwriter careers and a chance to experience a musical journey that only a very select group of Australian families can match.

www.shanehoward.com.au
www.marciahoward.com.au
www.damianhoward.com.au

Join Shane, Marcia and Damian Howard, from one of the most celebrated musical families of South West Victoria for a musical journey, that is both local and authentic. The siblings encapsulate the Celtic influenced folklore of the district with their distinctive harmonies and songwriting. They grew up singing and playing together under the influence of their talented Mother, Teresa Howard, (nee Madden). Like so many other local families, their great grandparents arrived in Port Fairy from Ireland in the 1850’s, in the wake of the Famine. Their grandfather was also a local shire councilor. Together there is an undeniable inherited magic, born from the heart of the region and a tribute to their greatest supporters – their parents. Better known for their respective solo careers, this concert provides a rare and memorable opportunity to come together and honor 40 years of Australia’s premier folk festival.

Hog Stompin’ Zydegators

Forging a melting pot of unique zydeco and swampy blues rhythms that defy you to keep your feet still and off the dance floor, join the Hog Stomping Zydegators for a Louisanna Zydeco Dance Party and let the good times roll.

www.zydegators.com

The Hog Stompin’ Zydegators accordion and washboard driven musical madness is dynamic and uplifting transporting you to a Juke Joint in the Swamplands of Louisiana. Get on down the road where the moonshine flows, just let yourself go, with some Red Hot Aussie Zydeco. With The Zydegators latest release Itchin’ Scratchin’ Zydeco they have forged a melting pot of unique zydeco and swampy blues rhythms that defy you to keep your feet still and off the dance floor. Join them for a Louisanna Zydeco Dance Party and let the good times roll.